Pickup truck-vs-coal truck crash closes highway

From Local Sources

JASPER — A pickup truck-versus-coal truck crash Monday morning closed State Road 56 just west of Jasper for about 90 minutes.

Jeffrey C. Thornburg, 45, Depauw, was eastbound on State Road 56 in a 2016 Peterbilt truck pulling a loaded coal trailer when the 10:55 a.m. accident occurred at County Road 350W, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Thornburg stopped for traffic and, when he did, his rig was rear-ended by a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Brandon L. Bayer, 20, Jasper, according to the sheriff’s department.

Bayer was conscious and alert on the scene but was trapped inside his pickup, according to the sheriff’s department. Jasper Volunteer Fire Department first responders extricated Bayer, who was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center to be treated for left arm and right uppper leg pain.

A front-seat passenger in the Bayer truck, a 12-year-old male, had successfully exited the wrecked pickup truck prior to emergency personnel arriving on the scene, according to the sheriff’s department. That juvenile passenger was also transported to the hospital to be treated for cuts, scrapes and pain to the left knee area, according to the sheriff’s department.

Thornburg escaped injury.

The crash totaled the Silverado and caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to the Peterbilt trailer.

The Jasper Police Department, Indiana State Police and wreckers from Uebelhor & Sons and the Stork Service Center also assisted.

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